Disaster Response and Coordination


Barbara Burnside
Conference Disaster ERT & Mission Coordinator
(978) 682-8055, ext. 135
Gerard Piscitelli
Disaster Response Coordinator
(774) 253-7362
District ERT/Disaster Response Team Coordinators

NHD – Jim Meachen nh1015@gmail.com

TRI – Everett Kuder e.kuder@comcast.net and Steve Rafter sbrou812@aol.com

CWM – Bruce Arbour AFDChaplain@gmail.com

CMA – John (Scott) Stewart revjstewart@gmail.com

VMT – contact Gerard Piscitelli or Barbara Burnside

NME – contact Gerard Piscitelli or Barbara Burnside

MME – contact Gerard Piscitelli or Barbara Burnside

RIM Fred Yarger yargerfred@gmail.com

MBH – Doug Spanks dougfishboy67@verizon.com

Relief-supply kits

UMCOR provides detailed instructions on assembling the buckets and kits and a list of contents for each.

UMCOR Relief Supply Dropoff Locations

Please contact the site prior to delivering buckets/kits to confirm drop-off hours.


Find details on the Training Opportunities page

See the Latest News page at right to learn about current needs and opportunities to help

When disaster strikes within the New England Conference and elsewhere, trained Early Response Teams (ERTs) together with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) stand ready to provide relief, resources and caring Christian support.  

UMCOR resources for churches 

Our conference has staff and volunteers certified by UMCOR to teach:

  • Early Response Team (ERT) training (basic, re-certification and advanced courses)
  • Connecting Neighbors, a disaster readiness program for individuals, churches and communities
  • United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader training
  • Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care team training
  • Each quarter, UMCOR shares preparedness tips from FEMA

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Please continue to be present to survivors in disaster areas through the gift of your prayers.